Chanel and Dior step up the glamour with their latest sneakers

Sporty footwear chic enough to wear with haute couture

The fad for teaming sneakers with smart clothes is nothing new, but when in January Chanel showed its couture collection of ball and wedding gowns and daywear with an array of extraordinary trainers instead of the usual tottering heels, it was inundated with enquiries. The sneakers had all been handmade in the Massaro, its bottier extraordinaire, and came in the most delectable fabrics and finishings – colourful tweeds and pastel mesh with metallic threads and chiffon laces – coupled with comfy, thick spongy soles. There was a snag though – since they were shown with the haute- couture collection, you had to buy the dress to get the shoes.

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This created such a kerfuffle that Chanel saw there was some mileage in a ready‑to‑wear collection and now there is a selection of delicious sneakers (£705) in the brand’s signature tweed – in orange, crushed raspberry (pictured centre), black and white or grey (pictured bottom) – or metallic leather, all designed to be worn with your glad rags rather than your tracksuit bottoms.

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Meanwhile at Dior, there are long waiting lists for its Fusion sneakers (£740, example pictured top). Their combination of feminine charm (they are bedecked with sequin flowers) and slip-on, sporty ease makes them infinitely desirable. I first saw the design on Dior’s extremely chic head of public relations and immediately longed to own a pair. Teamed with stylish black trousers and a crisp white shirt, they look fabulous.

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